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 June 10, 2023

River Day is designed to encourage appreciation and recreational use of the waterways of the Clinton River
and Lake St. Clair, and to celebrate the leadership of local citizens, organizations, and communities whose efforts are critical to protecting and enhancing the overall quality of the Clinton River watershed.

This June, individuals, businesses, community groups, and local governments across the watershed will join forces on River Day to enhance and celebrate the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. Activities range from nature hikes, canoe trips, fishing derbies, and fly fishing lessons to storm drain stenciling, river clean-ups, habitat restoration, and native landscaping.

Event Guide

The 2023 River Day Event Guide pulls together all of the opportunities happening on and around river day throughout the watershed! This year, the guide features more than 20 individual events put on by CRWC and our partners.

Events and programs from a variety of sources within the watershed are compiled by the Clinton River Watershed Council. Through this guide, popular opportunities that protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River watershed are brought together in one place to help people access opportunities in their region.

This year, Friends of the Detroit River was instrumental in contributing events for the River Day Event Guide. We offer them thanks for their dedicated support.

Download the Guide!




River Day Design Contest

The Clinton River Watershed Council is now finished accepting submissions for its 25th Annual River Day design contest. The contest encouraged local artists to get involved in the promotion of River Day, which will be held Saturday, June 10th. The event coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week. Events occur throughout the entire month of June and will include festivals, fishing derbies, fly-tying lessons, clean-up events, native plant sales, recreational opportunities, and more.

The winning River Day 2023 design is being used on official River Day shirts, the event guide, and the CRWC website to promote River Day. The winner of the River Day design contest received an official River Day T-shirt with their design on it and a one-year membership to the watershed council. 


  • Artist must reside within the Clinton River Watershed
  • Art must be black-and-white, thick line drawing, absolutely no gray tones
  • Size: 8.5 x 11 inches or smaller
  • The year 2023 must be prominent in the design of the logo, and the design must include the words River Day
    • Electronic submissions (JPEG, PNG, AI, INDD, or PDF files only) are permitted, but they must meet the above requirements and be 300 dpi resolution or greater. Please email electronic submissions to by April 14, 2023
  • Hard copy submissions can be hand delivered or mailed to:
    CRWC, 1115 W Avon Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 and must arrive by April 14, 2023.

Entries were judged on their ability to convey River Day’s goal of celebration and enjoyment of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, as well as their clarity and ability to be reproduced easily at a variety of scales. Selection of the winning design was completed on April 20 of 2023. 

2023's winner!

Congratulations to Adam Awdish for winning our 2023 River Day logo contest! 
Here is what Adam had to say about his design: "Born and raised in Michigan, my love for nature and the outdoors was instilled in me at a young age by my family. Memories of days spent on the lakes, hiking through forests and parks, and exploring rivers and streams shaped my sense of wonder and appreciation for Michigan's natural beauty. As I grew older, I made it a priority to visit as many trails, beaches, and parks as possible, which not only fueled my creativity but also inspired me to capture and share the stunning landscapes with those around me.
From photography to painting, charcoal art to mixed media, my art spans across various mediums and forms, all of which focus on the captivating power and beauty of nature. I'm constantly exploring new artistic styles and messages, using Michigan's landscapes as my muse.
I am thrilled to have won 2023 River Day logo contest, and even more honored that my illustration will represent the 2023 River Day events. It brings me joy to know that my art will be used to support the efforts of the CRWC and their dedication to preserving and protecting Michigan's natural resources. As I continue to create and explore, I look forward to the endless inspiration that nature has to offer."

River Day Sponsors 

River Day would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We offer them thanks for their contributions toward River Day and for protecting, enhancing, and celebrating the Clinton River watershed and Lake St. Clair.

For more information about sponsoring CRWC programs, click here.



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